Baby or newborn heat rash occurs because newborn skin is very fragile and thin. It is also renewing itself constantly which the reason why it is so soft and delicate. Baby skin is very sensitive which is why it breaks out into rashes of different kinds on all parts of the body. One of the most common newborn rashes is baby heat rash. It appears as red, pinkish or skin colored bumps on the arms, neck, chest, back, face, torso or legs. Most baby rashes, including newborn heat rash, are very common and should not be a cause for concern. However, sometimes, baby heat rash can persist for several weeks. Let us consider some of the best baby heat rash natural treatment options for delicate skin.
Baby’s skin is best when it is not touching anything
The first thing to do in case of newborn heat rash, or any rash for that matter, is to leave the baby unclothed. In the summer months, this is easy as you can simply dress the baby in its diaper. If the rash is present on the buttocks and groin region, then leave the baby as is. You can place a plastic or rubber sheet under the baby’s mattress to prevent urine from soaking through.
Avoid commercial soaps and baby cleansers
For heat rash under baby’s neck, wash the baby with tepid water. Avoid commercial soaps and do not use harsh detergents for washing the baby’s clothes. Most prickly heat newborn rashes will heal when left untouched. How long the rashes last depends on the natural precautions you take as well as the baby’s immunity. Continue breast feeding the baby as this is the best thing you can do to heal the baby quickly.
Air condition the baby’s room
In summers, you can place the baby indoors in a climate controlled environment. This is one of the best natural remedies for heat rash on babies. Avoid taking the baby outdoors in the peak sun between 11 am to 4 pm. The main cause of heat rash is sweating. To avoid sweat, you can use a gentle fan while the baby is sleeping. Avoid excess use of sweaters and blankets in winters as these could also lead to sweat and prickly heat rashes.
What to put on toddler heat rash?
The gentlest of all heat rash treatment for toddlers is Calendula/Calamine lotion. It soothes and heals the skin quickly. If the baby is scratching the prickly heat rash on its neck and face, apply a thick layer of the lotion on the skin. Let the layer dry completely. Once it is dried, reapply it after it has peeled off and also after you have bathed the baby. If the skin is very red, you can use zinc based creams which create barrier against further sweating. Some mild steroidal creams are also effective for baby and toddler heat rashes. Make sure you ask your pediatrician as to which heat rash product is right for the baby.
Things to avoid on baby heat rashes
Now that we have considered what to put on toddler heat rash, we must consider things you must not use. These include fragrant oils, heavy creams, gels, powders or fragrant lotions. You must especially avoid mineral oils which tend to clog the skin pores and aggravate the rash further. Avoid harsh hydrocortisone creams which end up drying and irritating newborn baby’s skin.
Homemade baby heat rash treatment for the face and neck
One of the best natural remedies for heat rash on babies is bentonite clay and lavender essential oil. Here is the recipe you can use on baby’s skin:
- ¼ cup or 32 grams of Bentonite clay
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- 1 capsule or ¼ tsp probiotic powder (optional in case of bacterial or yeast infection on baby’s skin). Use this powder just before application on baby’s heat rash.
- In a small jar, mix the clay and essential oils.
- Put a lid on the jar and shake it well.
- Store the powder in a cool, dry place.
- Just before applying, add the probiotic powder.
- Take a small amount in your hands and apply all over the rash. You can even use this powder to treat diaper rashes.
Bentonite clay absorbs sweat and prevents further heat rash outbreaks. Lavender essential oil soothes and heals the skin. It can also help calm fussy baby.
- Baby vitamin drops with vitamin C can help boost baby’s immunity. Talk to your pediatrician about prescribing one for your baby.
- In summers, dress the baby in light cotton or moisture wicking clothing. Avoid overdressing the baby in winters. Avoid tight fitting clothes that can irritate the skin further.
- When it is hot outside, avoid taking the baby out. Stay indoors in cool environment. Place a fan at a safe distance to gently keep the air circulating.
- Bathe the baby in warm water with gentle non-drying soap especially formulated for baby’s skin. There are many gentle products available today in the market. Talk to your doctor about the right product for your baby’s sensitive skin. After bathing, allow the skin to air dry, or dry gently with a soft towel.
- Use cool compress or Calamine lotion to soothe irritated skin.
- Avoid powders, creams, ointments since most block the sweat pores and aggravate the heat rash further.
The best baby heat rash natural treatment is to allow the rash to heal on its own. We hope the above home remedies help your baby get much needed relief from irritation and itching.